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AFGHANISTAN. Kandahar Province. Band-e-Timor. August 4, 2008. British soldiers rest during Operation Southern Beast. Striking within one of Afghanistan’s major opium producing areas, the Paratroopers were looking for weapons, drugs, and individuals related to the Taliban. During the operation about seventy kilograms of opium were seized and some weapons were recovered.

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